Look up at the ceiling over your head, and also think about the roof above it. You are lucky to have that shelter. Of course, you worked hard to afford it, but that point aside — someone else worked really hard to build it. Our point here is that without construction workers and contractors, we would not have homes in which to live. We all value our homes, and of course, we value the other buildings we spend time in, too. Everyone has a different way of showing their appreciation for this work. Our way is to write about construction on this blog. Your way could be reading about construction on this same blog!
The cheapest kind of deck to build is typically any deck that does not have a cover. However, if you can manage to find the money to pay for a covered deck, spending a little more for that cover is usually your best option. There are a lot of benefits that come with having a covered deck, and many people find that those benefits are worth the higher cost.
You can use the deck when it's raining.
If your deck is not covered, you will only be able to enjoy it on clear days. There may be days when the temperature is perfectly nice but it's drizzling a little. If you have a covered deck, you can still use it these days. This may mean you don't have to reschedule a party or quickly bring everything in off the deck once the rain starts falling. Because of this, you will get more days of use out of a covered deck, which will help make up for the increased cost.
Your deck will stay cool.
On the opposite end of the spectrum from chilly, rainy days are those days when the sun is high in the sky and just beating down on you. If your deck is covered, the sun won't be hitting you directly, and so your deck will stay at least somewhat cooler than the surroundings. You also won't have to worry so much about sunburn when you venture out onto the deck. You won't have to apply sunscreen every time you just want to go out there and read a book for an hour.
Your deck flooring will last longer.
When the deck is covered, the flooring of the deck will not be exposed to as much snow or sunshine. Overall, this means the deck flooring will last longer. You won't have to refinish the boards as often, and you will not need to replace them as soon. Not only will this save you time, but it will also save you money on refinishing materials and services. In fact, you may eventually save enough on maintenance to make up for the extra cost of the covering.
Covered decks do cost more, but if you have a way to afford the excess cost, it's worth choosing a covered deck. You'll get more enjoyment out of the deck when it is raining or really sunny, and your deck flooring will also last longer.Share